Kahne clinches USAC Midget Championship

WINCHESTER, IN (October 23) -- Nobody can accuse Kasey Kahne of resting on his laurels. A day after clinching the USAC/MCI WorldCom Midget Car Series championship, the 20-year-old driver from Enumclaw, WA, still wasn't happy about Sunday's...

WINCHESTER, IN (October 23) -- Nobody can accuse Kasey Kahne of resting on his laurels. A day after clinching the USAC/MCI WorldCom Midget Car Series championship, the 20-year-old driver from Enumclaw, WA, still wasn't happy about Sunday's 10th-place finish in the Sammy Sessions Memorial at Winchester Speedway. "It feels pretty good (to win the title), but we weren't very good yesterday," Kahne said. "The steering went out on about lap 10 and it (Steve Lewis' #91 Beast) got really tight. I could turn into the corner, but in the center of the corner it would lock and I couldn't turn it any more. I had to wait for the car to come." Despite the car's handling problems, Kahne maintained 10th place throughout the final 20 laps. "We were in 10th when it happened and that's where we finished," he said. "We would have finished a lot better. I'm not sure where we would have finished, but we would have passed some cars." When asked how he feels to win the championship, Kasey said, "I don't know. It wasn't that great because of what was going on. At the end of the year when everything's over, I'll be happy. It doesn't really feel like I won. After Turkey Night at Irwindale, when they present the trophy, that'll be a good time then." Kahne leads Jay Drake by 217 points with races at Bakersfield Speedway (November 18th) and Irwindale Speedway (November 23rd) remaining on the MCI WorldCom Midget Car Series schedule. Next on Kahne's rigorous calendar is Sunday's USAC/Coors Light Silver Bullet Series finale at Memphis Motorsports Park. Kasey enters the race in 11th place, only nine points behind veteran Jack Hewitt, in the standings. TNN's live, one-hour coverage of the USAC 100 starts at 4 p.m. eastern time. "We tested there; that's one track where we have some laps," Kasey said. "Hopefully, we can qualify good, start toward the front, run a complete race and finish up front." From the Mid-South, Kahne will take a quick trip to Las Vegas for the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series season finale. Kahne will drive his family's #23K Maxim Tuesday and Wednesday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's semi-banked, 1/2-mile dirt oval. TNN will tape Wednesday's finale and televise it Saturday evening, November 4th.

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Series USAC
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Jack Hewitt , Jay Drake